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Robert Barnes @Barnes_Law
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Thread: FLYNN sentencing. Alternative take. Judge Sullivan doesn't want to be made an unwilling participant in a man being convicted of a crime he didn't do. Procedurally, only safe route for Judge is if Flynn withdrew plea. Judge suspects Flynn plead to dodge non-Russia charges.
The most common thing the Judge said today: he will not accept a plea of guilty to a crime that did not happen. Judge suspects prosecutors coerced plea based on other non-Russia charges, thus the questions & comments on those charges with inflamed rhetoric to both sides & Flynn.
Judge then asked about further cooperation, implying to prosecutors he knows cooperation isn't the real reason for this plea. Judge used exaggerated rhetoric (he would apologizer) to tell Flynn he can sentence him based on non-Russian charges anyway if Flynn didn't withdraw plea.
Mueller cannot admit truth to the Judge. Flynn cannot walk back the plea given coercive power of Mueller. No lawyer can (w/o client risk) say what is going on in the courtroom. Even exaggerated rhetoric from Judge cannot get anyone to budge. Welcome to Inquisition-style Justice.
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